The Croods: A New Age – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. Why do you think the Croods felt so out of place in the Betterman’s house? What made it hard for them to fit in?
    Caregiver Note: This is an opening question to help your child start to think about this theme in the movie. It is pretty clear upon arrival that the Croods will struggle with the orderly Bettermans. Upon finding food they tear into the food with great vigor and make quite a mess in their excitement. The Bettermans don’t realize in this case that the Croods have experienced intense hunger and having plenty is not normal for them. Due to struggling with extraordinary circumstances of hunger and having to fight for food their behaviors appear bizarre in a place with no predators and plenty of food. Some of the Croods, such as Grug, struggle with the lack of closeness developed in the sleep pile due to having space to spread out. Thunk grows glued to the window (aka – a primitive television) without having learned impulse control and boundaries for such things. And then there are several spaces where Guy is discovering inventions such as toilets. In the same manner, each of these conflicts show how the Croods’ behaviors that were developed in the wild are out of place in the current place and are…

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Rachael B. Rathe is an East Tennessee native with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child & Family Studies from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in mental health since 2013 and in foster care/adoptions for a private provider agency since 2014. Rachael was inspired to work in the field after working with children and teens on a volunteer basis 2008 - 2013. Rachael's ideal self-care day involves snuggling on a couch with her kitties (Tabitha, Fergus, and Rufus) while enjoying a good movie or book. She also enjoys galivanting around conventions concerning all things nerd and geekery.

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